Vancouver School of Theology

Forming thoughtful, engaged and generous Christian leaders for the church in the 21st century


SAH-PT5/720 – The World Wide Christian Movement Today

View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): The Rev. Dr. Robert (Bob) Paul

Just over a century ago, the unquestioned center of world Christianity was the North Atlantic nations of Europe and North America. By the end of the century, however, the Church had significantly declined in the North Atlantic, and historic Christendom was all but gone. At the same time, surprisingly and in sharp contrast, the Christian movement had grown dramatically in the global South, most notably in the former ‘mission fields’ of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. This course presents an alternative to traditional Euro-centric histories of the Church by surveying the historic dynamics of the Christian movement, the burgeoning growth of the past century, and issues that impinge on the post-Christendom Western churches in light of recognizing the Christian movement as a highly diverse, multi-cultural, worldwide phenomenon.

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